When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Kyrie Irving, they were 29-26 and held the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. A lot has changed since then.
The Mavericks lost on Wednesday to the Philadelphia 76ers and dropped their record to 37-40. With that, Dallas, who reached the Western Conference Finals a season ago, has work to do to just get into play-in tournament position.
When the game was over, Irving was asked about his team’s postseason hopes. He had a blunt response.
“It’s kind of a little bit of a cluster**** right now,” Irving said, per Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News.
The NBA world reacted to Irving’s blunt comments.
Mavs as a team this year pic.twitter.com/albrjnfWx2
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) March 30, 2023
Kidd should have a negotiated resignation.
— ManOnTheStreet (@HomeboySmurf) March 30, 2023
Been that way all season pic.twitter.com/8rWhj8kSyJ
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) March 30, 2023
This is not the first time Kyrie Irving has used that phrase to describe his team. Prior to the season, he used the same word to describe the offseason that the Brooklyn Nets had.
Irving has made his share of controversial comments throughout his career. But much like his comments about the Nets, these words about the Mavericks are anything but.
Dallas is 8-14 since Irving was acquired and only 4-9 in games where both Irving and Luka Dončić have been active. The Mavericks’ playoff outlook is an absolute mess.